It’s hard to believe it was exactly a decade ago that Katamari Damacy was released in the U.S. The quirky little puzzle game from Japan wasn’t expected to be much of a hit. After all, it was considered too weird, too Japanese, and too out of the realm of what typical American gamers liked to play, which back in 2004 was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (I guess times haven’t changed). But Namco took a gamble with the game and released it on September 22, 2004 with a modest $19.99 price tag. Critics ate it up. Despite how weird the story was, there was a clever, endearing quality to the game that made it an instant classic. Ten years later and it’s still considered one of the best titles on the Playstation 2. Not bad for some silly game about rolling stars.
Wrote this up last week. I used to have a roommate who had an old PS2 with “We Love Katamari” on it. And yet, for some reason I still never got aoround to playing it.
Today I was cleaning out my Documents folder when I found my old dream journal from 2006-2008. Here’s my favorite entry:
Sept. 14, 2006:
Had a dream that they made a third Willy Wonka remake, except this time Trent Reznor played Wonka. He was also a child molestor. The dream took place in some Waterworld/playground and the dream ended with a showdown between Tocarra and Furonda from America’s Next Top Model.
Edit: And it gets better:
May 26, 2007:
Now this one is very hazy, but I remember hanging out at 50 cent’s party and waiting around in a special area so I could get some free money and a free car. Evan Rachel Wood was there (for whatever reason) defending the right for her to whore it up (but she spoke about herself in 3rd person).
Illustrator Sophia Foster-Dimino was in college when a friend suggested for her to check out the band Cibo Matto. The Japanese duo, featuring Yuka Honda on keyboard and Miho Hatori on vocals, became her favorite band. Although the band broke up after their second album, they recently united in 2012 and released their first album in over ten years, Hotel Valentine. In this colorful comic, which was published in The Pitchfork Review, Foster-Dimino cheekily summarizes her love for her all-time favorite band. More…
Reminds me exactly how I discovered Cibo Matto. It went something like: Takako Minekawa —-> Buffalo Daughter —-> Cibo Matto
Ex-husband and wife duo Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck (it’s complicated) have been gaining quiet notoriety for a string of singles and EPs they’ve been releasing since 2011 as Elephant. However, “Shapeshifter” might be their strongest track yet. More…
I know this tumblr is the “anti-reblog” tumblr, but oh well…
Dva’s back! I’ve written a lot about themin the past. They’re a weird little Czech duo that I’m really starting to like. Their quirkiness is something that most people would find quite polarizing, but I find their sound refreshingly unique. And their most recent album Nipomo shows a more full-bodied, evolved sound. They’re actually performing tonight at Drom, but I was lazy busy and skipped it.
I don’t think I listen to any other bands from the Czech Republic, so I have no idea what the music scene over there is like, but Dva sounds more like a neo-pico pop refugee. Weirdly enough, the fact that they’re not Japanese is probably the strangest thing about them. Huh.
I figured I was long overdue for a new mix (plus, I keep losing followers every time I post something non-music related). Unfortunately there’s no cohesive theme here; it’s basically just a random assortment of crap I’ve been listening to. What’s inside:
Troller “__” (This is just to avoid the Soundcloud copyright bots.)
Illum Sphere “Embryonic (featuring Shadowbox)”
Cibo Matto “Hotel Valentine” (I’ll write more about this later.)
Orchestra of Spheres “Numbers” (I meant to make an individual post about them but slacked off. This is actually a pretty impressive debut, and this track is catchy as hell.)
The process of cloaking characters in unlikable flaws to heighten their complexity only works when the character still comes across as human, compelling. Too often newbie writers in their haste to create unique, fully-dimensional characters overdo it. They throw in a mental illness, make a character overly narcissistic, and then when people complain that the character is unlikable the writer stands back and says, “Yeah, but isn’t that the point?” But it’s not. The goal should be to write characters that come across as real. Of course they’ll be flawed and they won’t be perfect, but they should be more than walking symbols, and that’s where Girls gets it wrong. The unlikable characters of Girls are more like shells, empty vessels cloaked in their complexity but missing their souls. More…
I told a tiny fib in this piece. My professor said my character was “a complete psychopath,” not “unlikable.” Although I’m sure she would have said that too.
I remember reading a lot about pornography when I was studying film. Back in the days. And I was really fascinated about the similarities between documentary and pornography, because it presents itself as this reality. Because it’s really happening. The sex is actual sex. This is, of course, hardcore pornography I’m talking about. And I was just fascinated with the realness of it. How real is it when it’s filmed and styled and oiled?
So I’ve always been quite fascinated with that level of reality, I guess. Which is a very sort of gray area of reality. And now with reality TV, which is something I have been avoiding, but started watching when I was doing this performance project. That was the start of this: I kind of got into trying to understand that reality level a little bit, as well. This album is playing different interpretations or manipulations, or using the concept of the real in visual culture and genres of TV and visuals, that take a certain level of reality for granted. It’s very manipulative. And also a lot about young women exposing their bodies. And exposing, maybe, their innocence. Some type of innocence.
Hello, Tiffany here. This site used to exist in the dark corners of Wordpress but was moved to the sunnier side of Tumblr in 2011. Here you'll find sporadic musings about popular culture, along with the occasional Polar Bear's Cafe gif (because why not?). Bloggin' since 2003!